by Alex Mackay
Olten beat Power by a convincing 89 run margin at Deutweg on Sunday 3rd July and consolidate their top place in the CSPL Eastern Division.
Olten lost the toss & Power elected to field on a dry, sunny, Sunday afternoon, although the soft outfield was still evidence of the heavy thunderstorms from the day before.
Power appear to have adopted a rolling captain policy and today it was the turn of Aamar, who looked to experience with veterans Mubarak & Shahnawaz opening the bowling.
In the third over Mubarak got the early breakthrough, Olten's opening batsman Shahid (0) playing onto his stumps from a thick inside edge.
In came the Olten captain Ali (96) and steadied the innings with a partnership of 42 before Thirun (35) was dismissed to a catch behind off Swiss international Afzaal. Olten 47-2.
Shane (0) was on his way back to pavilion before he had a chance to get going, judged LBW from a low straight delivery of Asad in the following over (Olten 54-3).
From then on Olten took control, Ali building partnerships with each batsman taking the score to 113-4 & 187-5. Dropped catches & misfields did not help Power's cause but were a result of the pressure Olten were applying to the home side as as the batsman went aerial.
A wicket maiden from Shahnawaz in his second spell in the 35th looked like Power might contain the Olten innings but the mid-order stayed firm and moved the score to 255-7 off their allotted 40 overs.
Power, aware of the strong Olten bowling attack, appeared not quite as confident to chase down this total as they might be against any other team in the CSPL Eastern Division.
However, they started with purpose and were 70-0 off 12 until in the thirteenth Ali tempted Osama (37) out of his crease for an easy stumping.
Two quick wickets followed, Ali straight bowling Rana (27) and a caught & bowled by Murali one over later left Power on 76-3.
Despite the fact that Power were ahead of the run-rate throughout, the complexion of the game had changed and Olten saw their chance and took it.
A good fielding performance contained the Power batsman forcing them to go arial (not that they wouldn't have anyway), Power running out of wickets 9.1 overs short of their 40 and 89 runs behind.